The World Football Festival is a three-week celebration in Austin, Texas, that includes more than 2,000 athletes and coaches from eight countries and five continents.
The Festival’s six events include players age 9 to 19 in tackle and flag football, coming together to celebrate America’s favorite sport. All of the events center around competition and development, but they also focus on football’s inherent values of teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.
7-on-7 Tournament presented by Muscle Milk
USA Football is hosting a high school 7-on-7 tournament as a part of the World Football Festival. The tournament will allow for Texas high school football teams to take part in the World Football Festival and showcase the state’s players to countries around the world.
The tournament kicks off Saturday, June 30, with round-robin competition featuring 15 teams from the state of Texas. Prior to the Under-19 World Championship Opening ceremonies, the top four teams will compete in the tournament championship and consolation games.
IFAF Under-19 World Championship
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship brings together eight national teams of high school-age players spanning five continents in a celebration of the sport through exciting competition and cultural exchange. The eight-day tournament is the Festival centerpiece, culminating in a gold-medal championship game.
Scheduled for June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas, the IFAF Under-19 World Championship features national teams from the American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States in the only American football tournament of its kind.
Under-15 International Development Week
The USA Football Under-15 International Development Week is a seven-day celebration and competition involving football teams of players from the United States and Sweden. The second annual event is June 28 to July 5 and includes cultural exchange through football; educational seminars for athletes and parents led by NFL coaches, players and football experts; 7-on-7 exhibitions; and multi-country joint practices.
U.S. players age 15 and younger from across the country were considered for the team through nominations at www.usafootball.com. Players also were selected based on 2011 USA Football Player Academy skill evaluations. Player Academies are three-day youth football development camps conducted nationwide that focus on teaching proper fundamentals to strengthen players’ skills.
Each team will a full game during the week in addition to a jamboree and scrimmage.
Under-17 International Development Week
This seven-day celebration and competition includes cultural exchange through football; educational seminars for athletes and parents led by NFL coaches, players and football experts; 7-on-7 exhibitions; and multi-country joint practices.
Scheduled for July 6-12, U.S. players age 17 and younger from across the country were considered for the team through nominations from their high school coaches as well as following participation in U.S. National Team Trials.
Each team will play a regulation game during the week in addition to a scrimmage and jamboree.
NFL FLAG Regional Tournament
Boys and girls age 9-14 from Texas and surrounding states will compete in a two-day, round-robin tournament coordinated by USA Football. The winning teams from each age bracket (9-11 coed, 12-14 boys, 12-14 girls) advance to the 2013 NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions where they will face representatives of seven other regional tournaments.
The tournament, held June 30 and July 1 at Whitaker Fields on the University of Texas campus, features players from NFL FLAG powered by USA Football leagues. NFL FLAG promotes physical fitness and teaches the sport’s values and life skills on and off the field to more than 169,000 participants age 5-17 playing in leagues across 49 states and Washington, D.C.
A non-contact version of traditional football, the program emphasizes fun, teamwork, self-esteem, discipline, safety and goal-setting.
U.S. Under-19 National Trials
The final of six U.S. National Team trials held in 2012, this event is July 5-8 across various football venus in Austin, Texas. Top 11th-grade football players will take part in four days of development, competition and evaluation. Clinicians and guest speakers from the NFL’s Player Engagement program will coach as well as share their life experiences with the athletes.
The full-contact program is designed to test athletes in a wide range of football-specific drills, including one-on-one, positional and seven-on-seven work. Each athlete will receive an evaluation from a member of USA Football’s staff that includes NFL player personnel scouts, NFL coaches and Team USA coaching staff members.